An opportunity to build on tradition…
Walking through the Fort Bend Star office last week, I could tell that this was the home of a grand tradition of journalism.
Press association awards, and more importantly, community-issued recognitions, adorn the walls of a newspaper that the late, great Bev Carter built from the ground up.
I fully grasp that tradition, and hope to continue to build a weekly newspaper that the entire community will be proud to read.
As the new editor of The Star, I’d like to share my vision for building a media product and how you, the reader, can become an active part of The Star’s growth.
Most importantly, we’d like to start conversations with the community and have coverage that reflects our readers’ hopes, concerns and interests.
Your input will be paramount to the type of stories that you read on these pages.
I graduated from Journalism School at the University of Kansas in 2002 and have worked at newspapers large and small in several states, covering sports, news, features and more.
Journalism has always been about telling great stories.
But sometimes, we have to make adjustments to the way we approach it – similar to a football team at halftime.
For many years before the onset of social media, journalists covered public meetings and gave a play-by-play of the council and/or board’s action.
Going forward, we’d like to provide much of same information, but within the context of how it directly impacts you.
Starting this week, The Star will honor a Civil Servant of the Week with a section on page two of the newspaper. It’s important to recognize the police officers, firefighters, public works personnel and other city/county employees whose efforts often go unnoticed by the public.
We will continue to hold government officials accountable, but it’s also important to give credit where credit is due.
Expect to see weekly sports coverage in your Star. We will cover high schools and youth sports in the area, as well as the Sugar Land Skeeters, and provide updates on local alumni playing in college or professionally. Our High School Football Kickoff preview is just three weeks away.
Our presence on social media and the web will be increased as well. All of the Facebook posts will be posted by a staff member, rather than digital automation.
And there will be two new Twitter accounts – one for news, FortBendStar, and one for sports, FtBendAthletics.
The print product will be The Star’s bread and butter, but the enhancement of Facebook and the addition of Twitter will provide another opportunity to connect with readers.
Most recently, I was the editor of The Leader newspaper in the Heights/Oak Forest area where McElvy Media brought many of these aforementioned features to enhance another community newspaper steeped in decades of tradition.
Joining the staff will be managing editor/reporter Christina Martinez, who most recently worked as a news editor for the Baytown Sun.
This is an exciting time for The Fort Bend Star, and we’re glad that our loyal readers will experience these new features.
We’d love to hear your ideas and suggestions for the future of the newspaper, so please feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com.
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